The popular music charts contain all kinds of music from hard rock to country. In 1968 near the top of the charts was “Little Green Apples” that was written by Bobby Russell for country artist Roger Miller. Roger’s version didn’t go very far up the charts but it became a hit for O. C. Smith. Ocie Lee Smith was a singer for the Count Basie orchestra from 1961 to 1965. He had some other R&B hits but eventually ended up becoming a pastor of a church in Los Angeles. He died Nov. 23, 2001.
“Little Green Apples” got up to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of Oct. 20 – 26, 1968. It also got up to #2 on the Record World Top Pops chart for the week of Oct. 29 – Nov. 2,. The song ended up winning the Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Country Song.